HFCRD & PRSD Meet With Local MLAs to Provide Local Perspective on Education

  Posted: October 7, 2015

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) and Peace River School Division (PRSD) Boards of Trustees were pleased to meet with local Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) Marg McCuaig-Boyd and Debbie Jabbour on Monday October 5, 2015.  MLA Danielle Larivee sent her regrets as she unable to attend due to illness.

“We are pleased to meet with our local MLAs and have the opportunity to raise our concerns, and provide a local perspective on education,” said HFCRD Board Chair Dianne Arcand-Lavoie.  “The MLAs were very responsive and interested in what we had to say.  We strongly emphasized our continued success by working in collaboration with Peace River School Division.  Holy Family is pleased to work jointly and to share resources with Peace River School Division.  This relationship has been beneficial for both boards and we look forward to continuing this positive relationship.”

The purpose of the meeting was to continue fostering positive relationships with the Alberta government, to give updates on local projects and to express areas of concern in local education.  Meeting topics included: the positive role of the Alberta School Boards Association for local school boards, Equity of Opportunity grant funding for small/rural schools, supporting the two tier teacher bargaining model and long-term funding of local mental health projects such as Project PEACE in Peace River and HOSTS (Helping Our Students to Succeed) in High Prairie.  Both school boards appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with MLAs.

“Holy Family Catholic Regional Division and Peace River School Division have a long history of working collaboratively” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester. “The cooperative bussing arrangement between PRSD and HFCRD works very well, enables both school divisions to remain fiscally responsible, and is an exemplary model of school division collaboration.”

Other collaborative opportunities mentioned were the Grimshaw Schools Shared Facility Project, annual joint meetings held by local school boards, and joint partnerships in school athletics.